June 20, 2016

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Jake graduated from the apprenticeship program and is now Manager-in-Training of Chico Basin Ranch.

While out checking fence with Thor and Tate, I noticed this grass that looked different than the others. It’s known as Squirrel tail, a cousin to Fox tail. Squirrel tail grows in the drier upland pastures whereas Fox tail grows in the wetter areas around creeks and ponds. Fox tail has a more bushy seed head unlike Squirrel tail which has longer, more flowing seed tails. Squirrel tail is a great indicator species to help assess rangeland health. Duke and I have been talking recently about seeing it and it’s great to see it’s presence on the Chico.